Rural Station Support

Public Media Strategic Advisor

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is seeking the services of a strategic advisor ("Consultant") to provide advice to the organization, and through it, to other public media organizations or partners, as part of CPB's effort to support new opportunities and meet emerging needs of education, workforce, and civil society as impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coming Home: Connecting to Community

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (“CPB”), is supporting a new public media initiative, Coming Home: Connecting to Community, to increase and promote authentic local storytelling through multi-platform media (original television, radio and digital-first) and engagement that develops and delivers a renewed narrative about life in rural America. New multi-platform content, created by local stations with local voices and talent, will celebrate the diversity, culture, traditions, and richness of small-town America, not being told by commercial media.

Managing Consultant for the Station Revenue Project

This grant program seeks a Managing Consultant who will assess the operations at up to ten rural and minority stations to help them raise more revenue to meet the rising non-federal financial support (NFFS) requirement of CPB’s Community Service Grant program. The assessments will include station activities that have a direct impact on fundraising and the fundraising opportunities in their markets.  The assessments will be performed by the Managing Consultant and other subject area experts it engages. The initial 10 participating stations will be selected through a competitive application process. The Managing Consultant will present each station with the results of the assessment. Following the assessments, five stations will be selected out of the ten, and the Consultant will work with each of those five stations to implement their recommendations.

Support for Participation in TV Multi-Station Master Controls

This program will assist eligible public TV stations with grants to pay for equipment or fees that are required to participate in existing multi-station master control projects. CPB will provide grants of up to 50% of total project costs for eligible budget items up to $50,000. Priority for grant support will be given to stations that are likely to encounter difficulty in securing capital equipment funding (based on market size, type of service, location or other circumstance), with the highest priority among these being rural stations. Please also note that priority will be given to grantees that plan to participate in multi-station master control projects that are currently operated by public television stations and organizations.

Rural Station Digital Equipment Emergency Recovery Grants

CPB has set aside $500,000 of the remaining Digital appropriation funds to provide emergency financial assistance to rural, economically-challenged public TV and radio stations to purchase and install digital master control room and/or transmission equipment that has been damaged or destroyed as a result of a natural or man-made disaster or act of terrorism.